Portrait of Dr Lara Atkin

Dr Lara Atkin

Lecturer in Victorian Literature


BA, MA Oxford; MA, PhD, Queen Mary University of London 

Dr Lara Atkin joined Kent in 2019 as Lecturer in Victorian Literature, after completing an ERC postdoctoral fellowship on the SouthHem project at University College Dublin. She has research interests in Victorian and Romantic literature; book history; missionary writing; ethnography and displayed peoples; and the literatures and institutions of the British settler colonies. She has published articles on Thomas Pringle; H.G. Wells and Brett Bailey's Exhibit B. She has co-authored the book Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere and is currently completing her monograph, Writing South Africa: Representing Indigeneity in Nineteenth Century British and British Settler Culture. She is co-convenor of the London Nineteenth Century Studies Seminar and is affiliated with the Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture in the School of English at Kent.  

Research interests

Nineteenth Century British literature, Victorian studies, British Romanticism, Victorian literature, Romantic literature, colonial print culture, race theory, history of science


Lara has undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in nineteenth-century British and colonial literatures, postcolonial literature and theory and imperial and global history.


Lara would welcome enquiries from postgraduates interested in global Victorian and Romanticism; literature and Empire, or in the cultural history of race and representation during the long nineteenth-century.


Member of the Postcolonial Studies Association, the British Association of Victorian Studies and the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.

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